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Defensive Line Honored for Efforts at Norfolk State
Following a dominating performance at Norfolk State on Saturday, Liberty's defensive line was named this week's Big South Defensive Player of the Week by the league office earlier today.
Liberty's defensive line finished the game with a combined 26 tackles, including nine solo and 17 assisted stops. The group was also responsible for all six of the Flames' sacks during the game, plus eight of the team's 11 tackles for a loss.
The play of the defensive line allowed Liberty to win its first game of 2014, defeating Norfolk State, 17-0, at William "Dick" Price Stadium. The win was the second shutout victory by the Flames under head coach Turner Gill and the 23rd in program history.
Five times during the game, a defensive linemen came up with a tackle for a loss on a third-down play to stop a Norfolk State drive, including the Spartans' first three drives of the second half.
Defensive end Toby Onyechi finished the game with a career-high six tackles and 2.5 sacks, while defensive tackle Dominique Davis followed with a career-best three tackles for a loss. Right end Chima Uzowihe rounded out the career-high performances for the group, as he tied a career high with six tackles and set a new career-best with 2.5 sacks.
The group received the same honor in 2013 when Liberty posted a 24-0 shutout win at Gardner-Webb. During the conference battle, Liberty's defensive line collectively finished with 17 tackles, five sacks, 12.5 tackles for a loss and held the Runnin' Bulldogs to 30 rushing yards.
Following two road games to open the season, Liberty will host its first home game of 2014 on Saturday when the Flames play the Brevard Tornados. Kickoff from Williams Stadium is set for 7 p.m.